Self-monitoring and blood sugar control
Written by:Steve Chaplin, medical writer
- A drop of blood is produced by pricking the side of a finger with a finger-pricking device or a lancet
- The drop is placed on a testing strip and inserted into the meter, which gives a readout after a period ranging from a few seconds to a minute.
- How easy is the meter to use? Getting the technique wrong could give you a misleading measurement. Ask yourself:
- Is the meter fiddly to handle?
- How easily can you remove the test strips from their wrapping?
- How much blood does the meter need for a measurement?
- Is the equipment easy to clean?
- Prepare carefully through training
- Eat more carbohydrates and eat more frequently
- Make sure you drink enough water
- Measure your blood glucose more frequently
- Be sure to have enough snacks and insulin available - exactly what you need to do depends on the intensity and duration of the exercise and the weather conditions (temperature, humidity and so on)
- Tell the event organisers that you have diabetes - note that this may affect their insurance and your eligibility to participate
- Have a support team and carry identification that tells others what to do if you do develop hypoglycaemia.
- 'Blood glucose meters.' American Diabetes Association. Link
- 'Blood glucose.' Diabetes UK. Link
- 'Guide to Blood Glucose Meters.' Diabetes.co.uk. Link
- Resources on diet
- 'Dietary advice during Ramadan.' Leicestershire Diabetes website, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Link
- Resourcecs on exercise
- 'Strenuous sports.' Diabetes UK. Link
- 'Diabetes and fitness - types of exercise.' Diabetes.co.uk. Link
- 'Diabetes and sport.' Runsweet.com. Link
- Youth with type 2 diabetes at much higher risk for heart, kidney disease
- Statin diabetes link
- Diabetes warning over use of statins: People who take the drugs are at increased risk of developing condition
- Some statins 'raise diabetes risk'
- FDA approves Tina-quant HbA1cDx assay for diagnosis of diabetes
- Statins may increase risk of diabetes
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